Deborah Oleshansky has been appointed as the Director of Community Relations and Get Connected Coordinator of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Federation Executive Director Mark S. Freedman has announced.
Oleshansky, of Knoxville, will join the senior staff of the Jewish Federation in mid-December.
She currently serves as executive director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance and as director of the University of Tennessee Knoxville Hillel. Deborah also served as the U.S. coordinator of the Partnership2Gether Hadera-Eiron Southeast Consortium from 2010-2016.
Oleshansky career also includes service as a program grant manager at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, between 1982 and 1988. During that time she was a member of the Presidential Commission on Child Abuse and Victimization and the Attorney General’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.
Her appointment to the CRC position follows a comprehensive search for a successor to Abbie Wolf.
“I would like to extend my personal thanks to CRC Chair Ron Galbraith, CRC Vice Chair Leslie Kirby and Jewish Federation Associate Executive Director Harriet Schiftan,” Friedman said. “They spearheaded the search and interview process. Deborah emerged as the successful candidate from a field of highly qualified applicants, both local and from across the United States.
“Please join me in welcoming Deborah to our team of professionals at the Jewish Federation. Under her leadership working with a great cadre of CRC members and volunteers, I’m certain the excellent work of the CRC will continue to have a meaningful impact on our Jewish community and the broader community as well.” •